The Milwaukee Bucks ran up against Scottie Pippen and some controversial calls, and they had no defense against either.
Pippen scored 23 points, all but three in the second half, and Jay Humphries was hindered by foul trouble in the third quarter Monday night as the Bucks fell 110-97 to the Chicago Bulls.Humphries picked up two quick personal fouls in the third quarter and finished with 2 points. He entered the game averaging 16.5 points per game.
"They had to be good calls especially right in front of the Milwaukee bench," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said.
Milwaukee assistant Frank Hamblen disagreed.
"It's another night in the NBA," he said.
"You have to play above it," Chicago's Michael Jordan said. "They're (officials) human. If we'd lost, we'd probably be saying something about it."
Chicago, which entered the game in first place with a half-game lead over both Detroit and Milwaukee in the Central Division, won its sixth straight game and 14th of its last 16. However, the Pistons stayed close with its 89-81 victory over Dallas Monday. The loss was the fourth straight for the Bucks.
"We'll bounce back," Milwaukee's Jack Sikma said. "We're a tough team. The depth is much greater than it has been in the past."
Jordan scored 34 points, marking the 10th game he has totaled at least 30, while Pippen overcame a slow first half by deciding to freelance a little.
Pistons 89, Mavericks 81
At Dallas, Vinnie Johnson scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and Dennis Rodman choked off a Mavericks comeback with a follow shot at the two-minute mark, bringing the Pistons their 10th straight win. Dallas lost for the third straight time and suffered its sixth setback in the last eight games.
Hawks 96, Knicks 82
At Atlanta, Dominique Wilkins scored 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Kevin Willis contributed 17 points and 12 boards, giving the Hawks their eighth win in 10 games. The victory avenged a defeat to the Knicks in New York two days earlier. Moses Malone, who played his 1,000th consecutive game without fouling out, added 16 points for Atlanta.
Clippers 130, Rockets 126
At Los Angeles, Ken Norman scored 5 of his 31 points in overtime and Winston Garland sank six free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Clippers snap a two-game losing streak. Vernon Maxwell paced the Rockets with a career-high 34 points but went scoreless in overtime. Sleepy Floyd added 21.